5 Reasons To Love Cornwall
Summer is the season that we never seem quite ready to end. If you love the warm days, then Anna Docherty thinks Cornwall is the perfect destination to catch the last few rays of summer sun
As the summer fades on British shores, we automatically start thinking about woolly jumpers, cosy nights in and what colour of thermal pants we’ll go for this year. We can’t help it; it’s in-built that we prepare for cold weather every year like it was a natural disaster about to befall us. But, whoa there, hold on a cotton-picking minute – we’re not quite into winter just yet. Here at The Midgie we believe in making the most of every season, so we fully intend on clinging on to every last gasp of summer. Here’s our top five reasons why Cornwall is the ultimate hotspot for late summer…
Cornwall is located in the southern-most part of the United Kingdom and it is this that gives it its mild climate, even when the rest of us are freezing our nipples off. The average temperature for early autumn is about 60°F and with its close proximity to the Atlantic Ocean, there is often a pleasant sea breeze. Most areas of Cornwall can expect upwards of 1540 hours of sunshine per year, which, for those who struggle with quadruple figures, breaks down to around 4.2 hours of sunshine per day. That’ll do nicely.
Don’t forget to: Pack some high factor sun cream.
We all know that when the sun is shining there’s only one way to cool off – and, no, we don’t mean an ice cold beer drunk al fresco. We’re talking about water sports. With its long coastline and varying locations, Cornwall is the perfect spot for surfers of all levels of skill – with Newquay, Polzeath and Bude all being renowned as some of the best spots for surfing in the UK. It’s also the ideal location for sailing, with the sheltered harbour of Padstow being one of the most idyllic settings for would-be sailors. Ahoy there.
Best for surfing: Watergate Bay, Newquay (the best place for both beginners and novice surfers).
Cornwall has lots of nice sandy beaches and crystal clear waters, with the longest stretch of coastline in the UK. There’s nothing quite like the feeling of sand between your toes … and in your hair … and sticking to your ice lolly. There are over 150 sandy spots to choose from, from the big touristy beaches to the quiet little secluded coves. Oh we do like to be beside the seaside. Bucket and spade, are optional extras.
We like: Porthcurno, Penzance (a small cove owned by the National Trust, with golden sand galore – and not a pirate in sight).
4The Minack Theatre in Cornwall is better than your average theatre – because if you look up you can see the sky and if you look out beyond the stage you can see crystal clear blue seas. This beautiful little outdoor theatre is built into the ancient rock face, overlooking Porthcurno Bay, and there’s no better way to savour the summer than with a bit of al fresco entertainment.
Tip: Go during September and catch their production of Othello under the stars.
Cornish ice-cream has that custardy deep yellow colour, because the traditional recipe includes thick clotted cream. Cornish clotted cream is protected under EU law and cannot be made anywhere else, so the best place to get fresh traditional Cornish ice cream is, funnily enough, in Cornwall itself. With that in mind, it would really be rather rude if you didn’t pig out during your stay and make the most of it.
Try: Treleavens luxury handmade ice-cream (a favourite with celebrity chefs Jamie Oliver and Rick Stein).
Getting to Cornwall is easy. There are many fast and efficient transport links which will take you directly there. Visit National Rail for train routes (www.nationalrail.co.uk), National Express for bus timetables (www.nationalexpress.com) or Air Southwest for direct flights from Glasgow (www.airsouthwest.com) and Flybe for direct flights from Edinburgh (www.flybe.com).